What Immigration Help?
(and how much)
[$200] I check that it is really safe for you to apply to become a US citizen, help with the N-400 naturalization form, include an attorney G-28 so I can be with you through the process, and give you a "mock interview" close to the time to make sure you are ready. I recently naturalized, so I know first-hand about the experience.
Whatever you decide, please consult with a lawyer before applying. The first part of the immigration officer's analysis of your application is whether there were any problems or issues when you received your green card, and whether anything that has happened since mean you should be going to Immigration Court and not to an Oath Ceremony.
Family/Marriage Green Cards
[$450] For Family or Marriage I-485 Adjustment of Status or an I-129F fiance visa or I-751 lifting of conditions, we prepare a full packet with good evidence giving the service exactly what they need from you. And guide you through a stressful time.
consular processing we go step by step. And I will be with you through the stress of the process, as the attorney of record. Of course "no extra fee for an RFE."
Here is our Marriage Adjustment of Status checklist
Many issues can be resolved in a single $50 consultation.
Otherwise, for smaller tasks - I-130 family relative petitions, I-131 advance and humanitarian parole and re-entry permits, and more my fee is $150. For complicated work, I use the hourly rate with an agreed cap. No large fixed fees.
[$100 renewal/$150 initial]
One benefit of also working in a nonprofit is that I do many DACA applications.
We work together and get it right, however long it takes to prepare a complete packet.
So, even if you have attended workshops and think the process is too much, please
I also welcome "health check" consultations with undocumented people to make sure you stay safe
And we are all waiting for the courts to finish with DAPA.
[$450] If I can help, I will. Victims of crime don't need the added stress of an immigration crisis. Because these cases require intensive effort, I only accept a few at any time.
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
[$250] Your criminal defense attorney or the public defender is welcome to contact me for a written analysis of your case and whether a plea deal or the likely outcome is safe or puts you at risk of removal.
Plea deals are usually designed for citizens. And the DA is not interested in your immigration status. Never accept a deal without taking advice on the immigration consequences of the conviction.
The J-1 Visa
The state department's J-1 exchange program works through agencies. But whether you are looking to spend time here either as an au-pair or through your profession, or you are trying to decide how to move to the next step once the program is over, my input can help.
F-1 Students and OPT
The F-1/OPT path can go very well, but it can also go disastrously wrong. Don't confide in your international student advisor. Confide, and discuss your plans and your issues only with a lawyer who will keep the confidence and work in your best interest, not the school's/
I came to the US through the business route. And I understand that you often need more advice than you can get from an emmployer's attorney.
Also entrepreneurs (and students with dreams) find it very useful to discuss their plans and get a reality check about their concerns. Often this can take just a single consultation.
Check to see if your country has an investment or trade treaty with the US.